Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza Tuesday called for the repatriation of Burundian citizens who have fled to Rwanda since March, urging them to return to Burundi within one month, the president’s deputy- spokesman said.
“The President (of Burundi) urged administration authorities in Kirundo, Parliamentarians elected in Kirundo constituency and natives of Kirundo province to do all they can to repatriate Burundian citizens who fled insecurity rumors in Rwanda within one month,” said
Louis Kamwenubusa, Burundian President’s Deputy-Spokesman after a closed meeting President Pierre Nkurunziza held in the province of Kirundo with natives of that province.
More than 800 Burundian citizens from the country’s northern provinces of Kirundo, Ngozi and Muyinga, have fled to Rwanda since last month (March), but the majority of them fled from Kirundo.
Last week, two Burundian ministers visited a refugee camp hosting Burundian asylum seekers in Rwanda, but failed to convince them to return home.
Those asylum seekers indicated that they fled their homes after reports of a war that may break out during Burundi’s forthcoming elections.
Those Burundian citizens have sought refuge in the Rwandan Eastern Province whereas others sought refuge in the Rwandan Southern Province.
They fear that the situation during the country’s general elections due from May to September this year may be similar to that of 1993 when inter-ethnic massacres between the majority Hutus and the minority Tutsis occurred after the killing of first Hutu democratically elected President Melchior Ndadaye.
Burundi is to hold this year general elections between May and September, with the presidential election to be held on June 26. Enditem